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Oxenhope woman delighted to get valuable saddle back
A highly-prized cowboy saddle stolen from the stables of an Oxenhope horsewoman have been recovered nine months after they vanished.
Keen western rider Angie Kirtley lost two ornate saddles and fancy bridles worth thousands of pounds in the raid on stables at Harden Brow Farm in January. And she had given up hope of tracing the specially imported kit – until she got a phone call out of the blue last week.
“A friend within the western group called me from a horsefair in York because he had just come across a saddle which he recognised as being like mine,” she said.
“It was along with a bridle and breastplate, in amongst a load of tack someone was selling from the back of a van.
“I was down in the New Forest on holiday and told him to buy it.
“Then I had a couple of nervous days before I good get home and have a look at it,” said Mrs Kirtley 62, of Oxenhope, who works as a team leader for BUPA Healthcare in Horsforth.
And she was delighted when finally reunited with the Premier western saddle and Indian weave bridle with matching breastplate.
“It cost me £300, but I was so pleased to get them back,” said Mrs Kirtley.
Sadly the thief’s trail seems to have gone cold. She said: “When my friend bought them he asked where they’d come from and the seller just said he’d bought them from someone else.”
Mrs Kirtley and her horse Star have continued competing through the year and said the four-year-old bay would also be pleased as it was his favourite saddle too.
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